Introducing

Slow Ride Band

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Dave Smith

Founding Member

Guitars

Vocals

 Dave started Slow Ride band with the goal of playing iconic songs that appeal to everyone...and to provoke joy! Inspired by many years as a DJ, Dave needed an outlet for his incessant drive to have fun with friends and make great music.

He grew up in San Jose, CA. At about age 16 he picked up the guitar after watching his favorite bands on MTV. He was sure guitar would help get him girls!

Dave currently lives in Orem, UT. He has a bachelors degree in Communications from BYU and loves his Cougars!

Ray Wenham

Vocals 

Percussion

Ray grew up in New Zealand and was around musicians from a very young age. His Dad had a huge collection of jazz, funk, rock and soul vinyl records....his Dad's musician friends would hang out, jam and teach a young Ray how to listen and play. 

Ray learnt drumming as a kid and played drums in 2 bands in his early 20's. Later he learned guitar and played at open mics and with friends. He moved to Utah in 2000 on a work visa to teach skiing and has been here ever since. 

He lives in Springville, UT. with his wife, 3 kids and 2 cats and makes a living painting houses

(not from singing in a rock band!)

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Nelly Newman

Vocals

Percussion 

Attitude

Nelly came out of the womb singing! Her passion for music and gift for singing both lead and harmony is an integral part of Slow Ride's sound. She has actively sung in choirs since childhood, but Nelly's true musical passion is 90s grunge. "There is so much passion in that era of rock. Chris Cornell is my vocal idol...but I also shamelessly love the Red Hot Chili Peppers. it's an everlasting funk-rock love!"

Nelly currently works for eBay and previously worked in bakery management. She still takes the occasional cake order from home. Currently she lives in Pleasant Grove, UT. with her "freaking incredible" husband, 3 kids and 3 bonus kids. 

Ed McGarr

Guitars

Vocals 

Growing up in the New York City suburbs, Ed was heavily influenced by the British Invasion. When he was only 8 years old he wanted to play the guitar like George Harrison! Ed learned guitar by playing along with records..."online didn't exist back then, so i was pretty much on my own". Professionally Ed has worked as an Engineer, in marketing, sales and partnerships. he moved to Utah in 1993 and now has 4 children and 8 grandchildren. He loves riding his custom Harley, practices transcendental meditation, is active in his church and loves gardening and cooking.

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Jeff Ojeda

Keyboards

Jeff is an accomplished keyboard player, classically trained with a background in composition. He started playing at a young age. His awesome sampling and programming skills are indispensable to our sound. Originally from LA, Jeff now lives in Orem and works for the Utah State Board of Education. 

Brandan Beerli

Bass

Vocals

Brandan started playing guitar in jr. high school when he got introduced to Led Zeppelin. He started playing bass in band with a few friends in high school. He played bass and electric guitar in a handful of bands over the past 30+ years. His biggest Inspirations are Rush, the Beatles, Parliament, and Johnny Cash.
He has been an educator for 20 years. Currently he is the director of advisement for the McKay School of Education at BYU.
He grew up in illinois, went to college in Utah, taught high school in Illinois, and is now living in Springville for the past 10 years.
He and his wife Jamie have been married for 25 years. They have 3 adult kids and a dog.

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Bill O'Donnell

Drums

Bill started his music adventure at seven years old when he fell in love with drums after watching a Buddy Rich drum solo on T.V.

His background in playing jazz standards and concert ensemble created a good foundation for playing Rock, funk and soul grooves. 

When home studio technology became available, he couldn’t wait to dive into engineering, producing, and recording.

Bill also plays guitar, bass, keyboards and harmonica. 

Bill and his wife moved to Utah in 2017 and they enjoy camping with their rescue dogs.